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Top bands to rock out for 'Celebrating George' gig


George Byrne

George Byrne

George Byrne

A host of musicians are coming together for a concert to celebrate the late Herald journalist, George Byrne.

George passed away aged 57 last month and his family and friends have come together to organise a gig called 'Celebrating George' in Whelan's on Friday, June 26.

Those set to perform on the night include Something Happens, Paul Cleary of The Blades, Pugwash, Trouble Pilgrims, Dermot Lambert and a number of other guests to be added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

The event is being organised by George's family and Paul O'Mahony from Hotpress.

"The bands who are lined up to play are the bees knees of the Irish music scene and it's a tribute to George that anyone we contacted instantly said yes," Paul told the Herald.

Tickets are €20 and are on sale now from www.wavtickets.ie. All proceeds will be going to a local charity.

"George's family are looking into either giving the proceeds to a local charity in the Liberties where he was from or else setting up a charity," Paul explained.

"They are talking about potentially setting up something new which could be in his name, such as a fund to help musicians or writers in the area."

Today FM DJ Tom Dunne will be performing with his band, Something Happens, on the night.

"We'll be telling George Byrne stories for the rest of our lives," he said.